Patrice McCarron, President
Patrice McCarron is the president and founder of the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance. Patrice has been with the partner organization, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association since 2000 and has extensive knowledge of the lobster industry. She travels throughout coastal Maine conducting education and outreach with the industry and is the industry liaison for state and federal policy issues working closely with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, state Legislature and Congressional delegation. She oversees publication of the MLA’s monthly newsletter and serves on several boards including the Lobster Research, Education and Development Fund, Island Institute, Maine Lobster Promotion Council and Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team. Ms. McCarron formerly served as executive director to the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, worked on fisheries issues for the New England Aquarium and was Director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute’s Resource Center.
Melissa Waterman, Communications Coordinator
Melissa Waterman grew up in a small town in Rhode Island. She attended graduate school at University of Rhode Island and served as a coastal planner for the six towns on Martha’s Vineyard for several years before coming to Maine in 1989. She worked as senior planner in the U.S. – Canadian Gulf of Maine program for a very, very long time before running an art gallery in Florida. Since then she has worked as a coffee shop barista, grant writer, marine policy instructor for SEA in Woods Hole, science writer for the University of Maine Sea Grant program, reporter for The Free Press, and freelance environmental writer for National Fisherman, Commercial Fisheries News, Coastal Living, Boston Globe and other publications. She lives in Rockland Maine and spends a good deal of her time on, in and occasionally under the water.
Sarah Paquette, Executive Assistant
Sarah is also the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s industry communications assistant. She writes regularly for and oversees the production of the MLCA’s monthly newsletter, Landings, maintains the MLA and MLCA websites, takes care of the bookkeeping, and helps run the office. Sarah graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 2010 with a BS in Marine Biology and a minor in Humanities. While at collage, she was active in the science department’s outreach programs, was an orientation leader, played varsity soccer, and worked as a writing tutor for two years. Prior to working with the MLCA, Sarah spent a summer as an aquarium educator at the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor. She enjoys any outdoor activity, especially hiking, kayaking, and fishing, arts and crafts, theater and reading. Though originally from Vermont, Sarah now lives in Sanford, Maine.